Thrift Store Alert

Compassion Thrift Store
414 Broadway
DenverCO 80209

I had to do a fair amount of google-fu to find the address for this thrift store - Only 2 total check ins on Foursquare. Website looks like a fake business made up to add to a resume. Thift store itself is pretty rad. Also big.  

Best thing: clothing is meticulously organized by size and style. And among the terrible there are some real gems.  

Woman working at the counter said as I left 'Thank you for helping the orphans'

Lady, I assure you. That was not my motivation. These here three dollar pants were my motivation. But I dig it.

 

Yardsale Find: Denver

When I jammed everything into my car and then proceeded to drive it (with large helpings of help from Josh), I sort of neglected to pack anything that wasn't immediately in my line of site. This included my guitar amplifier (but not, surprisingly, my actual guitars). 

Today I picked up this guy while walking to my car to move it before officer Purvis, M or officer Sierra got the opportunity to ticket me. Hipster yardsale find. It is a tube amp. It is small (but surprisingly heavy) which is a thing I found out after walking home by way of a children's festival and narrowly avoiding beaning multiple children in the head (children are amp-in-hand level and tend to run into me). It definitely turns on when you plug it in, but I don't know if it makes noise (haven't unpacked my guitar chords yet... I hope).

 "Welcome to spaceship Denver" tattooed hipster yardsaler said as I left. Which is a weird thing to say, but in his defense, I did start the transaction by offering to scavenge a clown painting for him to round out his collection.. and also... This is Denver.

 

Also - you may notice that I have purchased a blender

Also - you may notice that I have purchased a blender

PaperbackSwap.com -- Upcycling for Dorks Series Pt. 1

I was starting to write a blog post about Paperback Swap --- but a good friend actually summarized it for me a lot better that I could on the ol' facebook:

"

You should check out 
www.paperbackswap.com
 (which does exactly what you just described). I have been using it for the last few years as a way to enforce my "one book in means one book must go out" rule. The gist is that you post books you have, someone requests it from you, you pay for the shipping yourself (and can print shipping directly on the site which is something that even Amazon doesn't do), and then you get 1 credit to request a book from someone else. It's pretty amazing."

-Matthew

A graphic representation of the book graveyard that is my nightstand

A graphic representation of the book graveyard that is my nightstand

Being that above is sort of what my piles of books end up looking like -- I've always been a pretty big fan of the site (which really hasn't changed its layout in the past three years... no snazzy upgrades here!"

Transient

The nicest feature is the wishlist... You get put on the waiting list for a book that you want, sometimes you can be number 300... but as people start dropping out or swapping that book you get closer and closer to number one.. and then... all of a sudden... BLAM... you're up and you get a surprise book (or really you get a surprise reminder of that book in the form of the ability to request it.. but you know). 

While I'm perfectly capable of ordering whatever book I want on Amazon because I am an adult thank you ... this does keep me from book hoarding everytime I hear of a new one that I might like (a concern in my life because I am not very good at being aforementioned adult) . I just add the book to the wishlist. If I'm ever out of books, I could just order that book from the wishlist on Amazon instead of waiting for it on Paperback Swap.... But I've never been out of books.